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Re: General XML Parsing... Part 2

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"Garg, Sanjeev" <[log in to unmask]>

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General discussion of Extensible Markup Language <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 12 Sep 2000 14:36:13 -0400

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Hi

   I am not very much experienced in XML. But have some knowledge about DTD,
XML structures.
   Sometime back, there was a fuzz about flat files. I had gone through it,
but could not find what I am interested in.

   My problem is, I am looking for a way to convert a portion of XML file
into an excel sheet. Is there any utility, which provides such a
functionality, as Unidex people provide to convert XML into flat files???

Thanks
Sanjeev

        -----Original Message-----
        From:   John E. Simpson [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
        Sent:   Friday, July 28, 2000 11:18 AM
        To:     [log in to unmask]
        Subject:        Re: General XML Parsing... Part 2

        At 09:01 AM 7/28/2000 -0500, Shelton, David C wrote:
        >If anyone can give a quick answer, is there a way to take an
unknown XML
        >document (with a DTD) and convert it to a CDF or EDI file using
OmniMark or
        >XSL? In other words, would I be able to write an XSL file (or Set
up
        >OmniMark) to take any XML file and convert it with out having to
customize
        >it for each XML format that comes in?

        Boy, a tool like this would be great, wouldn't it?

        It'd also be pretty near impossible to build a tool that accepted
*any* XML
        vocabulary as input and convert it to a given common vocabulary. Two
reasons:

        (1) The structure of any given input document would be completely
        unpredictable. The tool would need to recognize XHTML, MathML, CML,
Lord
        only knows what else.

        (2) There's no guarantee that the problem domain of the input will
even
        remotely map onto that of CDF or EDI. Suppose the vocabulary in
question is
        Netscape's XUL for controlling the browser's "skin." What would be a
useful
        CDF or EDI application that resulted from the conversion?

        Now, you *could* make this work if you restricted the universe of
allowable
        inputs to a subset of common-sense choices. But that wouldn't be a
Swiss
        army knife -- more like one of those fingernail-clipping tools that
also
        includes a nailfile.

        >And, going in the reverse, can I use OmniMark to make an XML file
out of a
        >different format (I don't think XSL will work, right?). OR what
about the
        >IBM and SUN parsers/tools?

        I'm not really familiar with OmniMark, but I am pretty sure this
would be
        possible as long as the input data is structured in a way that lends
itself
        to XML output. For an XSL transformation, the input's got to be XML,
so
        that's out. I don't know what IBM/Sun tools you're referring to but
it
        seems likely that if they're XML/XSLT tools, they'll be subject to
the same
        constraints.

        >My problem is that I need to be able to convert XML files into a
flat file
        >format, and I also need to take a file format (unknown, but should
be
        >similar to flat file) and create XML files. I will always have a
DTD (a
        >requirement) to make sure everything is correct.

        A question about converting between XML and flat files came up
recently on
        the list. You might want to check out Unidex's XMLFlat/XMLConvert
products.
        See:
              http://www.unidex.com/xflat.htm

        ================================================================
        John E. Simpson          | "Everywhere is walking distance if
        http://www.flixml.org    | you have the time." (Steven Wright)
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